Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Costs put LA schools' greening projects on ice

Southern California schools have received grants from Prop. 84 to tear out asphalt and plant trees as part of urban renewal. But some projects are now on hold.

New UC President meets privately with UCLA students, faculty

Janet Napolitano sat down with UCLA faculty, students, and staff as part of her 10 campus listening tour. She started the job September 30.

New standardized test promises to curtail cheating

Tests will be taken on computer and the programs provide different questions to different students. Is this enough to prevent student — and teacher — cheating?

New UC President makes first trip to UCLA

Janet Napolitano arrives at UCLA Friday for two days of meetings and events. Students, faculty who had protested her selection still have questions.

Anaheim teens petition city hall for internships

Dozens of Anaheim teens are expected to delivered petitions to city leaders Tuesday calling for more public and private sector opportunities to learn work skills.

Schools: Latino achievement gap threatens state’s future

As a group, California Latinos scored 56 points below the statewide goal on the Academic Performance Index. Educators hope new Common Core standards will help.

Governor signs law ending 15-year-old standardized tests

California will instead pilot a new, computerized test as part of transition to Common Core. Federal officials have threatened to fine state over testing limits.

One million California students truant last year

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said more prosecutors need to get involved in student attendance boards and state needs to improve truancy data.

LA college offers first yoga masters degree in US

Loyola Marymount University begins masters degree in yoga studies. Students will learn comparative religion, Sanskrit, and the anatomy of yoga.

Cal State trustees say needs far exceed state funding

Gov. Jerry Brown, who made a rare appearance at CSU's trustee meeting, told administrators they aren't the only ones asking for money.

Troubled Inglewood schools get turnaround expert

A state-appointed trustee hopes to turn around student and academic decline at Inglewood Unified School District.

Occidental College settles some sexual assault allegations

Dozens of current and former Occidental College students claim officials did not adequately investigate their rape cases. Some cases have been settled.

Washington softens reporting rules on new school tests

Federal education officials said Tuesday states using a new standardized test won't have to report results in the spring - but still have to give English and math tests.

First funding increase in seven years reaches schools

Administrators are just starting to figure out how to spend additional funds from the new Local Control Funding formula. Parents must be part of the process.

Bilingual brain doesn't switch, languages are always on

Penn State researchers now believe multiple languages in fluent bilinguals are always “on". Research showing benefits of bilingualism grows.